‘If I Start Begging, I Might Become a Millionaire’- Mike Tyson to Francis Ngannou

Published 03/22/2021, 4:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – SEPTEMBER 13: Former champion Mike Tyson poses on the red carpet during the Box Fan Expo at the Las Vegas Convention Center on September 13, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty Images)


Mike Tyson and Francis Ngannou have had troubled childhoods and saw extreme poverty before becoming successful combatants of their respective eras. That said, they can relate to several instances of both the good days and the dark ones.

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They struggled their way to reach the top and in doing so, both located some unique features across the world. A year ago, the UFC Heavyweight contender connected with Tyson on his podcast and talked about those things.

Hailing from Nigeria, Francis Ngannou revealed how his visit to France was an eye-opener and introduced him to several unknown facts.

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Moreover, Tyson said that the poorest parts of the US were better than Africa. So, Tyson claimed of having several bizarre thoughts about it in the past.

Speaking on it, the former heavyweight champion said, “When we look at those people, get them the f*** out, what are these people doing in.

“But then this is f**** heaven, people you can talk to, food outta here, man f*** that. I don’t even have to work, I am eating every day. Imagine if I start begging, I might become a millionaire.”

He added, “Man, you gotta sign out there and then you know somebody in a Rolls Royce would come and pick you up and by the end of the day and take you home.”

While Tyson has seen both rags and riches in his career, he has also overcome bankruptcy after being a global superstar. So Tyson seemingly understands the price of both gaining and losing.

READ MORE- Mike Tyson Reveals How He Keeps His Kids Away From His Shadow

Mike Tyson- How did he regain his riches?

Following bankruptcy in 2003, ‘Iron’ Mike is a rich superstar yet again. He took a few more fights after 2-3 and earned a healthy number. What’s more, Tyson is also relevant in the current boxing environment.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Mike Tyson exits the ring after receiving a split draw against Roy Jones Jr. during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)

He has his own podcast that continues to bring celebrities and professional fighters on board. Apart from that, the heavyweight pugilist also has a cannabis ranch in California. So, it’s safe to say that Tyson has transitioned fine from his dark phase.

Meanwhile, he also laced up the boxing gloves in an exhibition bout against Roy Jones Jr, and made the fans reminisce about the good old days.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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